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Great Socks of Love

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Candy corn is a contentious subject- you love it or you hate it, and rarely is anyone happy to agree to disagree. I love it, a fondness I owe to my dad – or so the story goes. As I have told you on past Halloweens, after the trick-or-treaters have gone home I make an effort to celebrate the sacred nature of Samhain by setting up a small altar to honour my ancestors. They say the veil is thinnest on this night, and I want them to know they are welcome in my home and my life, to know that I recognize my lineage and the roles they have played in shaping who I have become in this lifetime. Usually, I put out a few kernels of candy corn and some roasted cashews for my father, a glass of red wine for my mother, and a small assortment of little items that connect me to others who have passed on before me.

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This year I have no little stash of candy corn to draw from – and it’s one of those things I just can’t buy over here. I do, however, have a new version that is calorie and contention free: candy corn socks!

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Stitched by a knitterly BFF who knows my story and traditions, they will accompany me through the rest of my Halloweens, bridging old family with new, weaving them together with love and creativity. Candy corn socks…. who knew?

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31 Oct 2016

Remembering

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Happy Hallowe’en!

The veil is thin tonight, and perhaps it’s true that on this night each year the dead return home. I am acutely aware of those who have gone on before me, those who helped make me who I am. Tonight, once the candy has been distributed and the candle in the jack-o-lantern has died out, I’ll make my altar and whisper the names of my ancestors and loved ones who are dead but certainly not forgotten. My yearly ritual helps keep them alive in my heart, and reminds me of my own place in the procession of humanity.

31 Oct 2015

Celebrating the Season

Halloween

Halloween has become big business in the USA — I’m used to that, and have always liked both the popular festivities and the spiritual traditions in which they are rooted. But it seems strange to see Halloween props and treats suddenly appear in mainstream English culture, especially when there are already so many seasonal celebrations at this time of year. Our local Sainsbury’s looked a whole lot like an American grocery store this afternoon…. and I’m not quite sure how I feel about that.

I will carve pumpkins like I always do, and welcome little trick-or-treaters just like I would be doing in America, and my fabulous witches are already on display. But it all feels slightly surreal. I’m going to embrace it! In this day and age, when immigration is such a hot news topic, I’m going to welcome every opportunity for happy celebrations and cross-cultural festivities.

And when the chocolate is gone and the streets are quiet, I’m going to honour my ancestors and celebrate their role in my life, just like I do every year. With just over two weeks to go before the big night, the veil is beginning to thin, but I still have plenty of time to prepare on all levels.

13 Oct 2015

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